Archived Programs


Saturday, February 17, 2–3 pm
Gallery Talk
Kandinsky in The Kreeger: Works by the 'Father of Abstraction'

Joanna Baker, Head of Collection Management, leads a tour of permanent collection works by pioneer of abstraction Wassily Kandinsky, including a rare sand painting from the artist’s Paris period. 

Free. Reservation not required.

Thursday, January 18 at 7:00 pm

Film Screening
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art 

Troublemakers film

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the late 1960s and early 1970s and features a cadre of renegade artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desert of the American southwest.

The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre. As the film makes clear, in making works that can never be possessed as an object in a gallery, these troublemakers stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today.

6:30 pm
: Doors
7 pm: Screening

View the film trailer below:

Saturday, January 6, 2–3 pm

Gallery Talk
Entering the Jungle: Wifredo Lam's Ta Propre Vie 

Joanna Baker, Head of Collection Management, discusses The Kreeger Museum’s 1942 work by Cuban artist Wifredo Lam and the ways he bridged European and Latin American modern art.

Free. Reservation not required.

Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 pm

Heifetz Holiday Concert

This special program features an all-star cast of 2017 Heifetz International Music Institute alumni, including violinists Ji-Won Song and Yiming Mao, violist Molly Wise, and cellist Noémie Raymond-Friset, joined by Heifetz faculty pianist Stefan Petrov. Special guest soprano Angel Azzarra will also be on hand to lend her stunning voice to a holiday-infused program of Baroque favorites, classical masterworks, and music for the season.

Holiday selections will include the Fantasia on "Greensleeves" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky’s December from “The Seasons,” a brand-new medley of Christmas and Hanukkah tunes from Catalonia, Israel, and America, and an adaptation of Jascha Heifetz's rendition of "White Christmas."

6:30: Doors open for wine and cheese reception
7:30 pm: Concert

Tickets: $25 general / $20 members

Saturday, November 4 at 8 pm

The Ying Quartet with Billy ChildsThe Ying Quartet

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world.

Now in its second decade, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House; at the same time, the Quartet’s belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House.

This performance will feature jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs, one of the most diversely prolific and acclaimed artists working in music today. Childs' canon of original compositions and arrangements has garnered him the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), fourteen Grammy nominations, and four Grammy awards.


Mozart: Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Childs: The River, the Bird, the Storm (Piano Quintet)
Dvorak: Quartet in C Major, Op. 61

6:30: Doors
7 pm: Wine and cheese
8 pm: Concert

Tickets: $40 general / $30 members
Optional valet parking $10

*This program is now sold out.*

Saturday, October 21 at 8 pm
Washington National Opera: Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Recital

The inaugural evening of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program's recital series will be held in the Great Hall of The Kreeger Museum on Saturday, October 21. The series offers the opportunity to hear emerging operatic talents perform in a more intimate setting, without the trappings of sets, lighting, and costumes.

The intimate relationships between voice and piano, poetry and music will be featured in repertoire inspired by the Museum collection, illuminating the connections between creative artists across different genres. The Director of the DCYAP, Robert Ainsley, will introduce and accompany the program.

This program is generously funded by Jacqueline Badger Mars.

6:30: Doors
7 pm
: Wine and cheese
8 pm: Concert

Tickets: $40 general / $30 members
Complimentary valet parking


Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists (2017–18)
Frederick Ballentine, tenor
Allegra De Vita, mezzo-soprano
Leah Hawkins, soprano

About the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Founded by Plácido Domingo and currently in its 15th season, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program guides young singers and pianists/coaches on the verge of international careers. The program provides intensive study with renowned vocal and dramatic coaches and offers voice lessons, language classes, career guidance, and master classes with Washington National Opera staff and guest artists. The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists also have the opportunity to perform and cover roles in WNO productions.

Saturday, October 21,
11 am – 12 pm; 1–2 pm

Studio Visit: Frank Hallam Day

Frank Hallam Day

Frank Hallam Day, Red Milk Carton

Tour the Washington, DC, studio of fine art photographer Frank Hallam Day. Day’s work can be found in numerous museum and private collections in the United States and abroad, including the State Museum of Berlin, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. His artistic interests revolve around themes of culture, history, and humanity’s footprint on the natural world. His work was included in the 2017 exhibition RE-VISION at The Kreeger Museum.

Tickets: $10 general / free for members


Saturday, June 17 – noon to 2pm

DC Jazz Festival: Cowboys & Frenchmen

Cowboys & Frenchmen

The Kreeger Museum is pleased to present Cowboys & Frenchmen as part of DC Jazz Festival 2017. Cowboys & Frenchmen present a novel take on the American musical canon by blending traditional American folk and pop music with elements of contemporary R&B and modern jazz. The music exploits surprises at every turn, and presents a musical journey through the lens of five 21st-century improvisers. 

Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Jazz in the 'Hoods unites DC in a citywide partnership and takes place in 21+ neighborhoods, presenting a mix of local and nationally recognized artists.

Admission: Free. Click here to register (encouraged but not required).

Transportation: Download the Lyft app and use code "DCJAZZ17" for $15 off ($5 per ride). Limited parking will be available at The Field School, just south of the Museum.

Food: Food will be available for purchase from the Rocklands BBQ Truck. No glass containers are permitted in The Kreeger Museum Sculpture Garden.

This event will take place outdoors, weather permitting. Please plan accordingly.

DC Jazz Festival

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